The new President of the United Nations, Ali Abdussalam Treki, held a press conference today on a wide range of topics. Treki is from Libya, an Arabic country with a poor track record on LGBT rights.
When Treki was asked about a UN resolution calling for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide, he declined to support the resolution.
"[T]hat matter is very sensitive, very touchy," Treki said. "As a Muslim, I am not in favor of it ... it is not accepted by the majority of countries. My opinion is not in favor of this matter at all. I think it's not really acceptable by our religion, our tradition"
"It is not acceptable in the majority of the world. And there are some countries that allow that, thinking it is a kind of democracy ... I think it is not," he added.
Strangely enough, it was a Congressional Republican who rose to the LGBT community's defense. The ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs committee, Florida's Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, told On Top Magazine, "The anti-gay bigotry spewed by this Qaddafi shill demonstrates once again that the UN has been hijacked by advocates of hate and intolerance."